267+ Vegan Quotes (Famous, Funny, Health & More)


Whether you are looking for vegan quotes as inspiration for your journey or want to share some powerful messages with the world, this compilation of vegan quotes will help you find the perfect words to spread the vegan lifestyle!

Vegan Quotes by Famous People

  • “My body will not be a tomb for other creatures.” – “The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men.”- Leonardo Da Vinci (Italian painter of the High Renaissance)
  • “For as long as man continues to be the ruthless destroyer of lower living beings, he will never know health or peace. For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seeds of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.” – Pythagoras (Ancient Ionian Greek philosopher).
  • “Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages”- Thomas Edison (American Inventor)

“May all that have life be delivered from suffering.”

  • “He, who injures living beings, is not Noble. He is called Noble, because he is gentle and kind towards all living beings.”— Buddha (Spiritual Teacher)
  • “The soul is the same in all living creatures, although the body of each is different.” – Hippocrates (Greek physician)
  • “The Gods created certain kinds of beings to replenish our bodies; they are the trees and the plants and the seeds.” – Plato (Athenian Philoshopher)
  • “Would this habit of eating animals not require that we slaughter animals that we knew as individuals, and in whose eyes we could gaze and see ourselves reflected, only a few hours before our meal?” – Socrates (Greek philosopher)
  • “Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.” – “It is my view that the vegetarian manner of living, by its purely physical effect on the human temperament, would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind.” – Albert Einstein (Theoretical Physicist)
  • “It takes nothing away from a human to be kind to an animal.” -Joaquin Phoenix (Actor and Activist)

  • “Veganism is not a sacrifice. It is a joy.” -Gary L. Francione (Vegan Activist)
  • “Only when we have become non-violent towards all life will we have learned to live well ourselves,” -Cesar Chavez (Human and Animal RIghts Advocate)
  •  “The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than blacks were made for whites, or women for men.”-Alice Walker (American writer and social activist).
  • “Every living creature has the right to live ethically.” -Dirk Verbeuren (Belgian musician).
  • “It’s not hard to make decisions once you know what your values are.” Roy E. Disney (Walt Disney’s nephew)
  • “When I see bacon, I see a pig, I see a little friend, and that’s why I can’t eat it. Simple as that.” – “If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.” – Paul McCartney (English musician).
  • “The concept that you are not ingesting rotting flesh sort of sums it up for me.” -Bryan Adams (Canadian guitarist and activist)
  • “You either approve of violence or you don’t, and nothing on earth is more violent or extreme than the meat industry.” -Morrisey (English singer and songwriter)

  • “At the moment our human world is based on the suffering and destruction of millions of non-humans. To perceive this and to do something to change it in personal and public ways is to undergo a change of perception akin to a religious conversion. Nothing can ever be seen in quite the same way again because once you have admitted the terror and pain of other species you will, unless you resist conversion, be always aware of the endless permutations of suffering that support our society.” -Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (English singer, songwriter)
  • “Becoming vegan is the most important and direct change we can immediately make to save the planet and its species.” -Chris Hedges (American journalist)
  • “The greatness of a nation and it’s moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” -Gandhi (Indian anti-colonial nationalist)

“If you think that being vegan is difficult, imagine being a factory farmed animal.”

Davegan Raza (animal right activist)
  • “The problem is that humans have victimized animals to such a degree that they are not even considered victims. They are not even considered at all. They are nothing; they don’t count; they don’t matter. They are commodities like TV sets and cell phones. We have actually turned animals into inanimate objects – sandwiches and shoes.” Gary Yourofsky (American animal rights activist)
  • “Vegan food is soul food in its truest form. Soul food means to feed the soul. And to me, your soul is your intent. If your intent is pure, you are pure.” – Erykah Badu (American singer)
  • “Being vegan just gives you such great karma.” -Alicia Silverstone (American actress)
  • “The best part of being a vegan is the purity and peace of mind one experiences and the strong connection I feel to the animal kingdom.” -Uri Gellar (Israeli-British illusionist)
  • “I personally chose to go vegan because I educated myself on factory farming and cruelty to animals, and I suddenly realized that what was on my plate were living things, with feelings. And I just couldn’t disconnect myself from it any longer.” -Ellen DeGeneres (American comedian)
  • “I’m a really big lover of animals, and, at the risk of sounding like a total hippie, I do feel more connected to the world at large and to animals.” -Mickey Madden (American musician).
  • “I don’t see why someone should lose their life just so you can have a snack.” -Russell Brand (English comedian and activist).
  • “It’s never really been that hard for me. I’ve never had any desire to eat meat. In fact, when I was a kid I would have a really difficult time eating meat at all.”- Tobey Maguire (American actor)
  • “If you don’t want to be beaten, imprisoned, mutilated, killed or tortured, then you shouldn’t condone such behavior towards anyone, be they human or not.” – “Could you look an animal in the eyes and say to it, ‘My appetite is more important than your suffering’?” -Moby (American musician and animal rights activist).
  • “Everyone has to find what is right for them, and it is different for everyone. Eating for me is how you proclaim your beliefs three times a day. That is why all religions have rules about eating. Three times a day, I remind myself that I value life and do not want to cause pain to or kill other living beings. That is why I eat the way I do.” -Natalie Portman (Actress and filmmaker)
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  • “Nobody really needs a mink coat… Except the mink.”- Glenda Jackson (British actress and politician)
  • “I’ve always just loved animals and you just start making the connection between what you’re eating and what happens to these poor animals and once you start making those connections and realizing the truth behind what you’re eating, it just, there wasn’t any other option for me.” – Tony Kanal (British musician)
  • “Why are vegans made fun of while the inhumane factory farming process regards animals and the natural world merely as commodities to be exploited for profit?” – Ellen Page (Canadian actress and producer).

“Please don’t refuse with your eyes what the animals endure with their bodies.”

– Shaun Monson (American film director and producer of vegan documentary Earthlings,
  • “We all love animals. Why do we call some ‘pets’ and others ‘dinner’?”- K.D. Lang (Canadian singer)
  • Life is too short to make others shorter.” -Chris Hannah (Canadian singer)
  •  “No animal needs to die in order for me to live. And that makes me feel good.” – Howard Lynan (American farmer and animal rights activist)
  • “Science that fails to embrace all living beings is far more dangerous than any virus!” -Steve Simmons
  • “To get mud off your hands, use soap and water. To get blood off your hands, go vegan.” -John Sakars (Director and writer)
  • “If a kid ever realized what was involved in factory farming, they would never touch meat again.” -James Cromwell (American character actor and activist)
  • “I remember very clearly the day my mom made chicken fingers. I was like, ‘Wait, this was alive? This had parents? I’m not eating it anymore.’”- Jenna Dewan (American actress and dancer).

“There is no fundamental difference between man and animals in their ability to feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery.”

Charles Darwin (English naturalist known for his contributions to the science of evolution).
  • “Animal factories are one more sign of the extent to which our technological capacities have advanced faster than our ethics.” – “We are, quite literally, gambling with the future of our planet- for the sake of hamburgers.” -Peter Singer (Australian moral philosopher).
  • “I don’t normally get into this, but I’m a vegan. And I try not to, well, I don’t want to torture anything. I guess it’s about trying to live a life where I’m not contributing to the cruelty in the world. … While I am on this planet, I want everyone I meet to know that I am grateful they are here.” – Jessica Chastain (American actress)
  • “How pitiful, and what poverty of mind, to have said that the animals are machines deprived of understanding and feeling” – Voltaire (French Enlightment Writer)
  • “To face animal suffering is to face our responsibility in their suffering.” -JoAnne McArthur (Photojournalist)
  • “The idea that some lives matter less is the root of all that is wrong in the world.” – Dr. Paul Farmer  (American medical anthropologist)
  •  “Animals are not ingredients.” – Barbara Thompson 
  •  “People don’t think about how each of these animals that we call dinner have the same kinds of personalities as our dogs and cats.”- Emily Deschanel (American actress)
  • “One farmer says to me, “You cannot live on vegetable food solely, for it furnishes nothing to make the bones with;” and so he religiously devotes a part of his day to supplying himself with the raw material of bones; walking all the while he talks behind his oxen, which, with vegetable-made bones, jerk him and his lumbering plow along in spite of every obstacle.” – Henry David Throeau (American writer)
  • “Animals don’t have a voice, but I do. A loud one. A big fucking mouth. My voice is for them. And I’ll never shut up while they suffer.” – Ricky Gervais (English comedian)

“When humans act with cruelty we characterize them as “animals”, yet the only animal that displays cruelty is humanity.”

Anthony Douglas Williams (Canadian spiritualist, writer and animal rights activist).
  •  “We strive for a world where every earthling has the right to live and grow. That’s why we don’t eat animals.” – Ruby Roth (American Artist)
  • “Veganism is not about how hard it is for you. It’s about every animal’s right not to be used as a slave.” – Randy Sandberg (American former baseball player)
  • “A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite. And to act so is immoral.” – Leo Tolstoy (Russian writer)
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  • “I am grateful to realize that my desires do not entitle me to add to another’s suffering.” – Zoe Weil (American writer)
  • “Truly man is the king of beasts, for his brutality exceeds theirs. We live by the death of others: we are burial places! I have from an early age abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I will look on the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men.” – Dmitry Sergeyevich Merezhkovsky (Russian writer)
  • “Every time sitting at a dining table, we make a choice. Please choose vegetarianism. Do it for the animals. Do it for the environment and for the sake of your own health.”  -Alec Baldwin (American Actor)
  • “I love animals. All animals. I wouldn’t hurt a cat or a dog — or a chicken, or a cow. And I wouldn’t ask someone else to hurt them for me. That’s why I’m a vegetarian.” -Peter Dinklage (American Actor)
  • “If you don’t like pictures of animal cruelty being posted on social media, you need to help stop the cruelty, not the pictures. You should be bothered that it’s happening, not that you saw it.” -Marie Sarantakis (Writer and model)

“If slaughterhouses had glass walls, we’d all be vegetarian.”

-Paul McCartney (English musician)
  • “People are the only animals that drink the milk of the mother of another species. All other animals stop drinking milk altogether after weaning. It is unnatural for a dog to nurse from a mother giraffe; it is just as unnatural for a human being to drink the milk of a cow.” -Michael Klaper (American Physician)
  • “We cannot have peace among men whose hearts find delight in killing any living creature.” -Rachel Carson (American marine biologist, author, and conservationist)
  • “Cruelty is one fashion statement we can all do without.” -Rue McClanahan (American actress)

“We choose to eat meat and have therefore built slaughterhouses for the animals and hospitals for us.”

-Akbarali Jetha (Indian writer)
  • “You put a baby in a crib with an apple and a rabbit. If it eats the rabbit and plays with the apple, I’ll buy you a new car.” -Harvey Diamond (American writer)
  • “The question is not, Can they reason? nor, Can they talk? but, Can they suffer?” -Jeremy Bentham (English philosopher)
  • “Animals are my friends. And I don’t eat my friends.” -George Bernard Shaw (Irish political activist)
  • “You can’t do anything violent humanely.” -James Wildman (Animal rights activist)
  • “It’s pretty amazing to wake up every morning, knowing that every decision I make is to cause as little harm as possible. It’s a pretty fantastic way to live.” -Colleen Patrick-Goudreau (American animal advocate)
  • “Cruelty might be very human, and it might be cultural, but it’s not acceptable.” -Jodi Foster (American actress)
  • “I’ve been vegan since I got out of the hospital… It’s another eye-opener. It changed my life in a number of ways.” -Travis Barker (American musician)
  • “Poor animals, how jealously they guard their bodies, for to us is merely an evening’s meal, but to them is life itself.” -T. Casey Brennan (American writer)
  • “If intelligence and capability are not criteria for the possession of rights, why would animals -who have the capacity to feel fear and pain- be excluded from our moral consideration?” -Jack Norris (American dietitian and animal rights activist)
  • “If you are not the victim, don’t examine it entirely from your point of view because when YOU’RE not the victim, it becomes pretty easy to rationalize and excuse cruelty, injustice, inequality, slavery, and even murder. But when you’re the victim, things look a lot differently from that angle.”- Gary Yourofsky (Vegan Activist)
  • “Consider that animals, like us, have one life. It is their life, their only life, and as important to them as our own life is to us.” -Jill Robinson (Vegan Activist)
  • “How can you eat anything with eyes?” – Will Kellogg (American industrialist)
  • “Not to hurt our humble brethren is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission – to be of service to them whenever they require it.” – Francis of Assisi (Italian Catholic friar)
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  • “We don’t need to eat anyone who would run, swim, or fly away if he could.” – James Cromwell (American actor)
  • “I hold that the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man.” – Mahatma Gandhi (Indian anti-colonial nationalist)
  • “Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar.” -Bradley Miller
  • “Regardless of anyone’s dietary motivations, the healthiest lifestyle is the one that’s most compassionate.” -Steve-O (Television personality)
  • “Intellectually, human beings and animals may be different, but it’s pretty obvious that animals have a rich emotional life and that they feel joy and pain. It’s easy to forget the connection between a hamburger and the cow it came from. But I forced myself to acknowledge the fact that every time I ate a hamburger, a cow had ceased to breathe.” -Moby (American musician)
  • “Compassion for animals is intimately associated with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.” – Arthur Schopenhauer (German philosopher)

“If you really care about animals, then stop trying to figure out how to exploit them ‘compassionately’. Just stop exploiting them.”

– Gary Francione (American scholar)
  • “Personal purity isn’t really the issue. Not supporting animal abuse – and persuading others not to support it – is.” – Peter Singer (Australian philosopher)
  • “Whether you understand they evolved over billions of years or believe that a God made them all one afternoon, please be kind to animals.” -Ricky Gervais (British comedian)
  • “I’ve always abhorred violence and am highly sensitized to it. I do not think it benefits society or indeed any individual to become tolerant of violence… I feel if I can accept the abuse of these innocent, sentient creatures and my role in it then I could easily become apathetic about…well, everything, and that is a scary thought.” -Evanna Lynch (Irish actress)
  • “But for the sake of some little mouthful of flesh, we deprive a soul of the sun and light, and of that proportion of life and time it had been born into the world to enjoy.” – Plutarch (Greek Philosopher)
  • “Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.” -Albert Schweitzer (Alsatian polymath)
  • “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” -Michael Pollan (American writer)
  • “I despise ‘animal welfare.’ That’s like saying, ‘Let’s beat the slaves three times a week instead of five times a week’.”Gary Yourofsky
  • “The soul is the same in all living creatures, although the body of each is different.” – Hippocrates
  • “We do not need to eat animals, wear animals, or use animals for entertainment purposes, and our only defense of these uses is our pleasure, amusement, and convenience.” – Gary Francione (Vegan Activist)
  • “You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “When it comes to having a central nervous system, and the ability to feel pain, hunger, and thirst, a rat is a pig is a dog is a boy.” – Ingrid Newkirk (Vegan Activist)
  • “You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” -Jane Goodall (English primatologist)
  • “I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being.” – Abraham Lincoln (16th president of the United States)
  • “We are all animals of this planet. We are all creatures. And nonhuman animals experience pain sensations just like we do. They too are strong, intelligent, industrious, mobile, and evolutional. They too are capable of growth and adaptation. Like us, first and foremost, they are earthlings. And like us, they are surviving. Like us, they also seek their own comfort rather than discomfort. And like us, they express degrees of emotion. In short like us, they are alive.” -Joaquin Phoenix (Puerto Rican–born American actor)
  • “Stop filtering your nutrients through somebody else’s body.” Gary Yourofsky (Vegan Activist)
  • “Life is life – whether in a cat, or dog or man. There is no difference there between a cat or a man. The idea of difference is a human conception for man’s own advantage.” – Sri Aurobindo (Indian philosopher)
  • “Basically we should stop doing those things that are destructive to the environment, other creatures, and ourselves and figure out new ways of existing.” -Moby (American musician)
  • “Auschwitz begins whenever someone looks at a slaughterhouse and thinks: They are only animals.” -Theodor Adorno (German philosopher)
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  • “If you look at veganism, and question how we do things, and how we should be living, veganism, to me, seems like the logical way.” -Romesh Ranganathan (British comedian and actor.
  • “When I became vegan I stopped training for myself and started training with a purpose greater than my own. Veganism for me is about mindfulness. I do this to liberate animals.” -Tim Shieff (English athlete)
  • “All animals should live happily and safely.” -Ariana Grande (American singer)

“Every time you have a glass of cow milk, some calf is not.”

– Gary Yourofsky (Vegan Activist)
  • “He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.” – Immanuel Kant (German Philosopher)
  • “Our thinking about non-human animals is very confused, and people who have chosen to live a cruelty-free plant-based lifestyle are baffled as to why other people have not made the connection. Many of us live with companion animals such as dogs, cats, and rabbits. We share our homes with them, consider them members of the family, and we grieve when they die. Yet we kill and eat other animals who, if you really think about it, are no different from the ones we love.” -Benjamin Zephaniah (British writer)
  • “Recognize meat for what it really is: the antibiotic- and pesticide-laden corpse of a tortured animal.” – (Vegan Activist)

“Protecting the weak is the first step to enlightenment and being truly civilized.”

-Gary Yourofsky – (Vegan Activist)
  • “The thinking person must oppose all cruel customs no matter how deeply rooted in tradition and surrounded by a halo. When we have a choice we must avoid bringing torment and injury into the life of another.” – Albert Schweitzer (Alsatian polymath)
  • “Deliberate cruelty to our defenseless and beautiful little cousins is surely one of the meanest and most detestable vices of which a human being can be guilty.” – William Ralph Inge (English author)
  • “The health reasons are staggering! Do it also to take yourself out of the cycle of killing and abuse to living things. Show some compassion, and act on it.” -Ed Templeton (American skateboard)
  • “The beef industry has contributed to more American deaths than all the wars of this century, all-natural disasters, and all automobile accidents combined. If beef is your idea of “real food for real people”, you’d better live real close to a real good hospital.” – Dr. Neal Barnard (American physician)
  • “My motto has always been ‘If you love animals, don’t eat them’ … The moment I began to understand what was going on with the treatment of animals, it led me more and more in the way of the path I am [on] now, which is a complete vegan.” -Bryan Adams (Canadian guitarist)
  • “I’ve found that a person does not need protein from meat to be a successful athlete. In fact, my best year of track competition was the first year I ate a vegan diet.” -Carl Lewis (American athlete)
  • “No human influenced me to become vegan. The screaming, terrified, enslaved animals were the only influence needed.” -Gary Yourofsky (Vegan Activist)
  • “Farm animals are far more aware and intelligent than we ever imagined and, despite having been bred as domestic slaves, they are individual beings in their own right. As such, they deserve our respect. And our help. Who will plead for them if we are silent?” -Jane Goodall (English primatologist)
  • “What you eat every day is a far more powerful determinant of your health than your DNA or most of the nasty chemicals lurking in your environment.” -T. Colin Campbell (American biochemist)
  • “Humans – who enslave, castrate, experiment on, and fillet other animals – have had an understandable penchant for pretending animals do not feel pain. A sharp distinction between humans and ‘animals’ is essential if we are to bend them to our will, make them work for us, wear them, eat them – without any disquieting tinges of guilt or regret. It is unseemly of us, who often behave so unfeeling toward other animals, to contend that only humans can suffer. The behavior of other animals renders such pretensions specious. They are just too much like us.” – Carl Sagan (American astronomer)
  • “You know what’s more insane than [slaughterhouses]? Meat eaters. Walking around, acting like their lifestyle isn’t causing any harm.”- Gary Yourofsky (Vegan Activist)
  • “Becoming vegan has given me a greater purpose, something bigger than myself to fight for, and fight I will.” -David Carter (American football player)
  • “People feel poorly because they are nourished by foods you wouldn’t feed to your dog and cat. The rich western diet is full of fat, sugar, cholesterol, salt, animal protein — all the wrong foods for people.” -Dr. John McDougall (Vegan Physician)
  • “As someone who loves animals, when I hear about a process that involves animal cruelty, I no longer want to be associated with it. Aside from the animal cruelty aspect of the meat/dairy industries, there are many health benefits associated with turning vegan, much to many people’s surprise.” -Lucy Watson (English journalist)
  • “The most ethical diet just so happens to be the most environmentally sound diet and just so happens to be the healthiest.” -Dr. Michael Greger (American physician)
  • “It’s not a requirement to eat animals, we just choose to do it, so it becomes a moral choice and one that is having a huge impact on the planet, using up resources and destroying the biosphere.” -James Cameron (Canadian filmmaker)
  • “The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that’s the essence of inhumanity.” – George Bernard Shaw (Irish writer)
  • “I am a firm believer in eating a full plant-based, whole food diet that can expand your life length and make you an all-around happier person.” -Ariana Grande (American singer)
  • “We need to realize that these are beings that suffer the same as we suffer. They want freedom the way we want freedom.” -Russell Simmons (American entrepreneur)

“Veganism changed me. It taught me to look past myself. To consider how my choices affect others. The animals, the people around me, and the planet we live on.”

-Kat Von D (Mexican-American tattoo artist)
  • “There are viable (and usually better) alternatives to the use of animals for food, sport, clothing, & experimentation. I beg you to discontinue any actions that might cause or condone animal torture, abuse, or destruction.” -Moby (American musician)
  • “I hope someday everyone will care about all animals, not just the ‘cute and cuddly’ ones.” -Joanne McArthur (Canadian photojournalist and animal rights activist)
  • “Cows scream louder than carrots.” -Alan Watts (British writer)
  • “Thousands of people who say they ‘love’ animals sit down once or twice a day to enjoy the flesh of creatures who have been utterly deprived of everything that could make their lives worth living and who endured the awful suffering and the terror of the abattoirs.” -Jane Goodall (American primatologist)
  • “If you could see or feel the suffering, you wouldn’t think twice. Give back life. Don’t eat meat.” -Kim Basinger (American actress)
  • “My refusing to eat meat occasioned inconveniency, and I have been frequently chided for my singularity. But my light repast allows for greater progress, for greater clearness of head and quicker comprehension.” – Benjamin Franklin (American polymath)
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  • “In all the round world of Utopia there is no meat. There used to be, but now we cannot stand the thought of slaughterhouses. And it is impossible to find anyone who will hew a dead ox or pig. I can still remember as a boy the rejoicings over the closing of the last slaughterhouse.” – H.G. Wells (English writer)
  • “Love animals: God has given them the rudiments of thought and joy untroubled. Do not trouble their joy, don’t harass them, don’t deprive them of their happiness, don’t work against God’s intent. Man, do not pride yourself on superiority to animals; they are without sin, and you, with your greatness, defile the earth by your appearance on it, and leave the traces of your foulness after you – alas, it is true of almost every one of us!” – Fyodor Dostoyevsky (Russian writer)
  • “In fact, if one person is unkind to an animal it is considered to be cruelty, but where a lot of people are unkind to animals, especially in the name of commerce, the cruelty is condoned and, once large sums of money are at stake, will be defended to the last by otherwise intelligent people” – Ruth Harrison (British Animal welfare activist)
  • “Animals on factory farms all face pain and fear, just like the animals we share our homes with, yet are repeatedly abused in shocking ways.” -Peter Dinklage (American actor)
  • When we kill the animals to eat them, they end up killing us because their flesh, which contains cholesterol and saturated fat, was never intended for human beings. – William Roberts, MD (American physician)
  • “Perhaps in the back of our minds, we already understand, without all the science I’ve discussed, that something terribly wrong is happening. Our sustenance now comes from misery. We know that if someone offers to show us a film on how our meat is produced, it will be a horror film. We perhaps know more than we care to admit, keeping it down in the dark places of our memory– disavowed. When we eat factory-farmed meat we live, literally, on tortured flesh. Increasingly, that tortured flesh is becoming our own.”― Jonathan Safran Foer (American writer)
  • “Do you know why most survivors of the Holocaust are vegan? It’s because they know what it’s like to be treated like an animal.”― Chuck Palahniuk (American writer)
  • “I always say that eating a plant-based diet is the secret weapon of enhanced athletic performance.” -Rich Roll (American author)
  •  I do not see any reason why animals should be slaughtered to serve as human diet when there are so many substitutes. Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to a man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not to die, so do other creatures. – The Dalai Lama (Tibetan Monk)
  • “By eating meat we share the responsibility of climate change, the destruction of our forests, and the poisoning of our air and water. The simple act of becoming a vegetarian will make a difference in the health of our planet.” -Thích Nhất Hạnh (Buddhist Monk)
  • “One should not kill a living being, nor cause it to be killed, nor should one incite another to kill. Do not injure any being, either strong or weak, in the world.” -Buddha (Spiritual teacher)
  • “Now I can look at you in peace; I don’t eat you anymore.” -Franz Kafka (German writer)
  • “I did not become a vegetarian for my health, I did it for the health of the chickens.” -Isaac Bashevis Singer (Polish-American writer)
  • “Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight.” -Albert Schweitzer (Alsatian polymath)
  • “A man of my spiritual intensity does not eat corpses.” -George Bernard Shaw (Irish writer)
  • “I made the choice to be vegan because I will not eat (or wear, or use) anything that could have an emotional response to its death or captivity. I can well imagine what that must feel like for our non-human friends – the fear, the terror, the pain – and I will not cause such suffering to a fellow living being.” -Rai Aren (Writer)
  • “You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson (American philosopher)
  • “Compassion is the awareness of a deep bond between yourself and all creatures. -Eckhart Tolle (German spiritual teacher)
  • “No member of the animal kingdom ever did a thing to me. It’s why I don’t eat red meat or white fish. Don’t give me no blue cheese. We’re all members of the animal kingdom. Leave your brothers and sisters in the sea.” -Prince (American singer)
  • “To a man whose mind is free there is something even more intolerable in the sufferings of animals than in the sufferings of man. For with the latter it is at least admitted that suffering is evil and that the man who causes it is a criminal. But thousands of animals are uselessly butchered every day without a shadow of remorse. If any man were to refer to it, he would be thought ridiculous. And that is the unpardonable crime.”― Romain Rolland (French writer)
  • “Being vegetarian here also means that we do not consume dairy and egg products, because they are products of the meat industry. If we stop consuming, they will stop producing. Only collective awakening can create enough determination for action.”― Thich Nhat Hanh (Buddhist teacher)
  • “Nobody can possibly be so hungry that they need to take a life in order to feel satisfied – they don’t after all, take a human life, so why take the life of an animal? Both are conscious beings with the same determination to survive. It is habit, and laziness and nothing else.”― Morrissey (British singer)
  • “You don’t have to choose between being scientific and being compassionate.”― Robert M. Sapolsky (American neuroendocrinologist and author)
  • “Don’t wait for a better world. Start now to create a world of harmony and peace. It is up to you, and it always has been. You may even find the solution at the end of your fork.” -Sharon Gannon (Animal rights advocate)
  • “The heart of vegetarians is healed sooner than those of flesh-eaters.” -Virchand Gandhi (Jain scholar)
  • “Who are we to say dogs and cats have more rights than cows and pigs. They’re all conscious. They feel the same. They hurt the same. God help us understand!” -Izey Victoria Odiase (Personal Development Advocate)
  • “Animal cruelty is one of the most unfortunate and barbaric demonstrations of human beings manipulating ill-conceived notions of ‘power’ over other species.” -Ian Somerhalder (American actor)

“There are two kinds of cardiologists: vegans and those who haven’t read the data.”

-Dr. Kim Allan Williams (American cardiologist)
  • “People get offended by animal rights campaigns. It’s ludicrous. It’s not as bad as mass animal death in factory.” -Richard Gere (American actor)
  •  “I don’t understand why asking people to eat a well-balanced plant-based diet is considered drastic, while it is medically conservative to cut people open and put them on cholesterol-lowering drugs for the rest of their lives.” Dr. Dean Ornish, MD (American Physician)
  • “The best thing we can do for the living world is to stop eating meat, milk, and eggs.” George Monbiot (British writer)
  • “Cruelty to animals is as if man did not love God … there is something so dreadful, so satanic, in tormenting those who have never harmed us, and who cannot defend themselves, who are utterly in our power.” Cardinal John Henry Newman (Theologian)
  • “God loved the birds and invented trees. Man loved the birds and invented cages.” Jacques Deval (French playwright)
  • “We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form.” William Ralph Inge (English author)
  • “Even in the worm that crawls in the earth, there glows a divine spark. When you slaughter a creature, you slaughter God.” Isaac Bashevis Singer, (Writer and Nobel laureate)
  • “People eat meat and think they will become strong as an ox, forgetting that the ox eats grass.” Pino Caruso (Italian actor)
  • “Not a single creature deserves to be mistreated or abused. Not a one.” A.D. Williams (American minister)
  • “When you feel the suffering of every living thing in your own heart, that’s consciousness.” Bhagavad Gita (Hindu scripture)
  • “If that is all a healthy plant-based diet could do – reverse heart disease, the number one killer of men and women in the US – shouldn’t that be the default diet until proven otherwise.” Michael Gregor (American physician)
  • “Objectification reduces sensitivity. Thus cows are called beef or head of cattle, pigs become pork, sheep mutton. The screams are muted.. and living creatures become plastic-wrapped packages.” – Fruitarian Network
  • “Veganism is not about giving anything up or losing anything; it is about gaining the peace within yourself that comes from embracing nonviolence and refusing to participate in the exploitation of the vulnerable.” Gary L Francione (American activist)

4. “Align your actions with your values. If you believe that the life of an animal has a higher value than your taste buds then reevaluate the purchases that you make. Every time you reach for a bacon sandwich, dairy ice cream, or any animal product, you’re saying that you value your taste buds over the life of the animal who suffered and died for your purchases. Is this really the choice that you want to make?⁣⁣”- Earthling Ed (Vegan Activist)

  • “As often as Herman had witnessed the slaughter of animals and fish, he always had the same thought: in their behavior towards creatures, all men were Nazis. The smugness with which man could do with other species as he pleased exemplified the most extreme racist theories, the principle that might is right.” Isaac Bashevis Singer (Polish American writer)
  • “The food you eat can either be the safest & most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.” Ann Wigmore (Lithuanian–American holistic health practitioner)
  • “I am determined not to kill, not to let others kill, and not to support any act of killing in the world. We should consume in such a way that helps reduce the suffering of living beings. And that way we can preserve compassion in our hearts.” Thich Nhat Hanh (Buddhist teacher)
  • “If man wants freedom why keep birds and animals in cages? Truly man is the king of beasts, for his brutality exceeds them. We live by the death of others. We are burial places! I have since an early age abjured the use of meat.” Leonardo da Vinci (Italian painter of the High Renaissance)
  • “Some people think plant-based diet, whole foods diet is extreme. Half a million people a year have their chests opened up and a vein taken from their leg and sewn onto their coronary artery. Some people would call that extreme.” Caldwekk Esselstyn (Author of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease)
  • “You may choose to look the other way, but you can never say again that you didn’t know.” – William Wilberforce (British politician)

Anonymus Vegan Quotes

  • “If you think eating meat is just a personal choice, you are forgetting someone.”
  • Surround yourself with animals and people who are kind to them
  • “People may hate you for being different and not living by society’s standards but deep down, they wish they had the courage to do the same.”
  • So many years of education yet nobody taught us where our food comes from
  • “Vegan is not about being perfect. It is about doing the least harm and the most good.”
  • “World Peace begins in the kitchen.”
  • “Animals are not products. Life doesn’t have a price.”
  • “All life deserves respect, dignity, and compassion. All life.”

“Compassion is the best side effect of being vegan.”

  • “If you can be anything, be kind.”
  • “Animals are here with us, not for us.”
  • “One to change a few. A few to change many. Many to change the world. Starts with one.”
  • “It’s not a diet. It’s not a phase. It’s a permanent lifestyle.”
  • “Meat is the dead body of someone who wanted to live.”
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  • “If you can’t stand watching it be produced, you shouldn’t be eating it.”
  • “I didn’t change, I just woke up.”
  • “Animal protection isn’t a radical idea. It follows the simple principle that if animals feel pain, joy and fear, they should be protected from suffering.”
  • “Fur coats are worn by beautiful animals and ugly people.”
  • “If you think it’s wrong to hurt animals, you already believe in being vegan.”
  • “A peaceful world starts with how we treat our most vulnerable.”

“Not your mom, not your milk.”

  • “If you think that being vegan is hard, imagine being a factory farmed animal.”
  • “If you think eating meat is just a personal choice, you’re forgetting someone.”
  • “There’s a reason why you take your kids to pick apples but you don’t take them to a slaughterhouse.”
  • “Everyone wants to change the world, nobody wants to change what they eat for breakfast.”
  • “Becoming vegan is not a trend, it is an awakening.”
  • “If you think being vegan is difficult, you’re focused more on yourself than the victims.”
  • “Be kind to every kind.”
  • “Veganism is not a ‘sacrifice’. It is a joy.”
  • “Eat nothing with a face or a mother.”
  • “Saving one animal won’t change the world. But it’ll change the world for that one animal.”
  • “If you can live happily and healthily without harming animals then why wouldn’t you?”
  • “Veganism isn’t a belief. Animals are dying. The planet is dying. We could make it better. Choices. That’s not a belief. That’s a fact.”
  • “Vegan, just do it. Because posting nice Buddhist quotes about respecting all life, while believing it’s okay to eat animals, doesn’t make sense.”
  • “Every living creature has the right to live ethically.”
  • “There’s absolutely no reason to eat animals.”
  • “If aliens visited earth and decided to eat humans, would that be okay?”
  • “Eggs are hen’s periods.”
  • “Animals are equal to humans (while CARING when they’re not seen as so.)”
  • “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”
  • “Every little life is big to the one living it.”
  • “Love animals, eat plants.”
  • “My food is grown, not born.”
  • “If you were to meet the animals on your plate face to face, they would show you love. Maybe that is enough of a reason to show love back.”
  • “Peace starts on our plate.”

“Tofu never screams.”

  • “My body is not a graveyard.”
  • “Compassion is not selective. You either are or you are not.”
  • “To everyone who wishes I would stop talking about veganism, how silent would you want me to be if you were the victim?”
  • “I don’t talk about veganism because I want everyone to know I’m vegan. I talk about veganism because I want animals to stop being murdered.”
  • “Vegan because anything else is accepting cruelty.”
  • I was not raised vegan. I did not become vegan because I did not like the taste of meat, dairy, or eggs. I became vegan because one day, I had the courage to take responsibility for my choices. I no longer believe animals are here for us for food, clothing, entertainment, testing, or any other purpose. I am Vegan.”
  • “Always be the vegan that you would’ve wanted to meet before you were vegan yourself.”

Funny Vegan Quotes

  • The only animals I eat are crackers.”
  • “Veganism is like 69 everyone benefits”
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  • “I wish I was the person I though I could be when I bought all that produce”
  • “Being vegan is like being the main character of a horror movie who saw a demon and you are trying to warn everyone but no one believes you”
  • “Humans need meat to survive? You know you are talking to a living vegan?”
  • “You’ve gone vegan? Why can’t you just be normal like other people and kill animals, the planet and yourself?”
  • “Do you hate vegans or do you hate being reminded of the awful things you do to animals?”
  • “People say ‘ew’ to your vegan food but they are literally eating a dead animal”
  • Most people eat meat because most people eat meat
  • “I am not even mad. I am actually impressed at how stupid you sound comparing yourself to a lion”
  • What do you call a vegan post-punk band? – Soy Division.
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  • What do vegan zombies say? – Graaaaaains! Graaaaaaains!
  • Where do I Get my protein? Bitch, peas

Hope you like this compilation of vegan quotes! Did you find a favorite? Or do you have one to share? Let me know in the comments!


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